Such is the case in Eliot Schrefer’s dazzling, big-hearted novel “Endangered,” which has been named a National Book Award finalist in the. Schrefer (“The Deadly Sister”) presents the compelling tale of a girl who must save a group of bonobos — and herself — from a violent coup in the Congo. In ENDANGERED, Eliot Schrefer plunges us into a heart-stopping exploration of the things we do to survive, the sacrifices we make to help.

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Oct 21, Richie Partington rated it it was amazing. This book reminded me a little bit of those old-fashioned adventure stories I read growing up.

Clement didn’t want her giving her money to any old creepy guy. The author does a fantastic job of submerging yourself in their world. The man had a lame foot but got around agilely, his scabby stump pivoting and tilting as he maneuvered.


Sophie’s youthfulness and innocence makes her noble and seemingly right decision to save the bonobo tragic because the endanbered is ultimately the wrong one. But that type of suffering does occur–Schrefer isn’t making it up to make the story more dramatic. You can smell it and taste it.

Dec 04, Ed added it. Hardcoverpages.

For instance, we are faced with the question of whether or not Sophie should have saved the near-to-death Otto by paying that guy. When it comes time to leave, however, Sophie cannot bring herself to abandon Otto, knowing what this will mean to Otto who has come to think of her as his new mother. Sep 07, Valerie Jones rated it it was amazing. I love the concept of it, and appreciate the fact that it doesn’t shy away from difficult concepts as many young adult books tend to do, but the writing did not engage me.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Unable to abandon Otto, instead of leaving the country with the UN, Sophie flees with him. Apr 30, Barb Middleton rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I did, however, enjoy the relationship between Sophie and Otto her bonono ape and was particularly interested in the personalities of the various bonobos who lived in the sanctuary.


Bonobo Facts and Status: May 31, Noe rated it it was amazing. Her long journey to find her mother who is at a release site is fraught with the inevitable dangers of a young female girl in a war zone.


Possibly one that would make me rock and moan. Feminists have had the same insight about violence against women and children.

You may not be strong all by yourself, but you can be incredibly strong for someone or something smaller and more helpless. Jan 16, Laura Resau rated it it was amazing. Did you know that bonobos are great apes not monkeys? Of all the feelings to learn about through literature, I can think of none more ennobling than that: Schrefer quickly and effectively gives us a sense of the sanctuary, of Sophie’s mother, the other workers, and the specifics of the bonobos who are the closest of the great apes to humans.

Did you know that Endangered is a great book about apes?

Endangered (Ape Quartet #1) by Eliot Schrefer

This book is terrifying, gripping, and keeps you on your toes until endangfred very end. When the war hits Kinshasa, a day after her mother has left to release some bonobos elsewhere in Congo, everything changes for Sophie as the story develops into zchrefer of her own flight and survival rather than just the saving of one baby bonobo. The moral dilemma facing Sophie is a driving force in the novel as she discovers that she can’t save the bonobos one at a time like she does with the trafficker on the street, but must consider the endangered animals from a sociologically viewpoint; she must think about how the problem is reflected in the schrefdr of the Congolese people and the history of colonial abuse from foreigners that have stripped the Congo of its rich resources.

Sophie is left on her own with her bonobo, who she refused to leave behind to save herself. Jun 29, Michael rated it it was amazing.

Two I write books and then, by an astounding stroke of good fortune, someone publishes them. Does Otto save Sophie, or Sophie save Otto? July Endangered by Eliot Schrefer 8 23 Sep 28, As I told the students in my class who are much to young to read this book themselves it wasn’t a “good-fit” for me.


Perhaps the most important writing Schrefer does schrerer this book is reinforce the fact that we must understand those whom we hope to help FIRST. In a time of war, that is accurate to have happen, but I suppose I thought the grieving time for the main character, Sophie, would be a bit longer and that the recognition of these kind people being mercilessly killed would be greater.

I absolutely did not want to read this book. He barked at the men, buried his head schrfeer my chest in fear, barked again, then hid his face away. I’ve fndangered recommended Lucy Christopher’s Stolen and Ruta Sepatys’ Between Shades of Grayand I’d say it would definitely appeal to folks who liked both of those.

It takes no time at all for the two of them to become permanently connected, Sophie functioning as the young bonobo’s mother. Shortly after Sophie’s arrival the war arrives at the sanctuary. This book is an schrefdr YA, and although I enjoyed it, it would’ve made my eyes huge with wonder and shock as a fourteen year old unaware endangeged the history of the Congo. The book touches on many issues, first and foremost how humans treat animals such as bonobos.

I love marshmallows and early twentieth century fiction. Her endangrred divorced and she moved back to the states with her father, but she summers in the Congo with her mother, who runs an Bonobos ape sanctuary.

Two opposable thumbs up! Sophie’s mother has been running a bonobo sanctuary for over six years and has the knowledge and tools to deal with this type of situation. Endangered- Eliot Schrefer http: She learns this lesson throughout the novel when the capital city of Kinshasa is overthrown and the president murdered.

The bond between Sophie and Otto is evident from the very beginning. But my latest, about a girl keeping herself and an orphan bonobo alive in a country at war, is so far outside my own lived interior space that I found it much easier to write it convincingly.